Captain Concannon fires Irish team to World Cup final

Balinaheglish native, David Concannon, led the Irish men’s team to a silver medal in the WDF World Cup, which took place in Turkey last week.

  Ireland met Greece, Catalonia, France and Norway in the group stages. A 9-7 win in the first game against Greece got Ireland off to a good start, while a 9-1 win over Catalonia was crucial in getting valuable points on the board. With the top two teams progressing from the group, Ireland’s spot in the last 16 was sealed with a 9-2 win over France in the following game. Top spot in the group was gained with a 9-2 win over Norway.

  In the last 16, Ireland hammered the USA 9-1, before beating Scotland 9-5 in the quarter-finals and Finland 9-6 in the semi-finals.

  A first ever World Cup Final place was the reward and on this occasion the opponents would be England.

  The Irish started confidently and went into a 2-0 lead; Concannon winning the second of those games thanks to scores of 140, 100 and 180, which helped set up a 14-dart leg. However the English rallied, and stormed into a 4-2 lead.

  Concannon led the Irish fightback; scores of 140, 100 and 140 helping seal an impressive 16 darter against World Champion Scott Mitchell. It wasn’t to be for the Irish, however, as England ran out 9-5 winners.

  Despite the loss, a silver medal in a World Cup Final was a massive achievement for the men’s team.

  In the pair’s event, David Concannon was partnered with Sligo’s Sean McGowan.

  Despite the Connaught pairing’s best efforts they were unlucky to lose out 4-3 to a strong Dutch duo.

  In the singles, Concannon got off to a great start with a 4-1 win over Rodney Greer of Northern Ireland before a 4-3 win over Jeffrey Van Loan of the USA and a 4-2 win over Wayne Warren of Wales put David into the last 32.

  David Kent Sivertsen of Norway would be Concannon’s opponent at this stage. A tight tussle ensued but Concannon came out on top 4-3.

  Concannon came up against John Michael of Greece in the last 16 where he was narrowly defeated 4-3.

  The women’s team also played some super darts throughout the week to come home with bronze medals.

  Well done to all the Irish players involved in a history-making week. Special congratulations to David on his continued progress on the world darts stage, we wish him all the best and continued success in the future.

Tricks And Treats In Third Round Ties!

The Hannon’s Hotel Sponsored Roscommon Darts League was played this past weekend with some great darts on show. The following were the results: Hollywood 4 Flanagan’s 3, McDermott’s 5 Creatons 2, The Hatch 4 Charlie’s 3. The game between The Forge and Ned’s Bar was cancelled.

  The following are this week’s fixtures for round 4: An Bothar Rua v McDermott’s, Charlie’s v The Hollywood, Creaton’s v The Forge, Ned’s Bar v The Hatch.

Feeney hits top gear to take title:

This past Bank Holiday Monday saw the final Round Robin for 2015 take place in The Hollywood Bar. There were some top class darts throughout the day, with both local and travelling players impressing, but in the end it went down to a final between two of Roscommon’s top players.

  JP Feeney overcame Gary Concannon on a score of 5-3 following a great final. Well done to both players on the darts they played throughout the day. Many thanks to all the players who have attended Round Robins throughout the year; their support is greatly appreciated. Also special thanks to the Hollywood Bar for use of their premises and their continued support of competitions.

Semi-Finals: JP Feeney 4 C. Hickey 1, G. Concannon 4 M. Devon 2

Final: JP Feeney 5 G. Concannon 3.

Kearney Memorial Cup: The Kearney Memorial Cup will be held in Flanagan’s of Castleplunkett on Sunday, 29th November.